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PMTCT: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

PMTCT is the acronym used to describe efforts and protocols to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission

Over the past five years, there has been a growing awareness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV due to a large and growing number of children in Africa living with HIV.  MTCT is the acronym used to describe the process of transmission of the HIV virus from infected mother to her child during pregnancy, delivery, or through breastfeeding.  PMTCT, or preventing mother-to-child transmission, is the acronym used to describe efforts and protocols to prevent MTCT.

PMTCT measures include education, support for women, avoidance of unwanted pregnancies, safe delivery practices (caesareans), antiretroviral therapy and the use of replacement breast milk formulas.  These are measures that have been proven in the Developed World to be effective at Read more »

Africa Is Dying Slowly Revisited

Less than half of HIV-positive pregnant women have access to antiretroviral treatment

Four years ago, I wrote an article about HIV in Africa.  Imbued with a sense of importance, and filled with the hope that my words would magically change the world, I titled it Africa is Dying Slowly, and called on humanity to do something about the crippling situation of HIV/AIDS on the African continent.  This may sound naïve. It certainly seems that way to me at times. Since I wrote that article in 2007, I have entered university to study history and political science. Learning about the repeated failures of mankind can certainly give oneself a negative and gloomy outlook on life. And yes, sometimes when I glance through that article, I do wonder what childish innocence led me to think that it might have any effect. However, I still see a glimmer of truth behind the flowery sentences and tearful pleas.

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A Vitalwave Summary

Vitalwave™ is a medical device designed to disinfect the birthing canal at the time of delivery to prevent or to reduce the rate of HIV and STI (gonorrhea, GBS, HPV, chlamydia, syphilis) transmission from mothers to their infants (MTCTP). Vitalwave™ disinfection is a low cost, easy-to-administer procedure designed for use in developing countries where Mother-to-Child HIV & STI transmission is high. More than 90% of children with HIV were infected by their mothers. Of the 17.7 million women living with HIV around the world, 74% do not seek treatment & education to prevent HIV transmission to their unborn child. This sad reality results in 1,600 children becoming infected with HIV every day, or one child every minute1. Vitalwave™ is designed to bypass the stigma associated with AIDS and reliance on patient compliance by providing safe and instant disinfection at the time of delivery. Given the limited time and effort involved with this treatment, Vitalwave™ is ideal for universal deployment (for use with all deliveries) in the Third World.

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Introduction to the Vitalwave Project

A few years ago, I had the very great pleasure to meet an incredible young woman named Anne Cohen from Montreal. My first exposure to her, actually, was through her article. This writing struck me in a very important way and became a turning point for me. When I read it, I was filled with a huge wave of optimism and a personal resolve to finally move forward with my long time dream of taking our highly effective antimicrobial technology and turning it into a product for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDs. Read more »

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